Arsenal lose ground on top four

Arsenal have fallen five points behind the top four in the Premier League after defeat at rivals Tottenham Hotspur yesterday afternoon.

Two quick fire goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon gave the visitors a comfortable first half lead, with Per Mertesacker’s 51st minute header proving to be nothing more than a consolation.

After the game, manager Arsene Wenger admitted that securing a Champions League place for a seventeenth straight season would be difficult, but insisted that his side will keep fighting.

For now, the Gunners will turn their attention to the second leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie at Bayern Munich a week on Wednesday, before they travel to Swansea City three days later.

Meanwhile, the club have dismissed reports of a potential takeover by a Middle East consortium.

The Sunday Telegraph reported that an unnamed group were planning to make a bid, though the claims have been rubbished by Arsenal communications director Mark Gonella, who told BBC Sport of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke’s commitment to the cause.

Finally, Nicklas Bendtner has apologised on Twitter after being cautioned by police in Copenhagen for drink-driving.

The striker, who is currently on loan at Juventus, is set to return to the Emirates at the end of the season, but could be released early following the misdemeanour.

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